Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero

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Pantheon Books, 1992 - Swimming - 307 pages
In 19th-century England, bathing was thought to be an instrument of social and moral reform; in Germany and America, swimming came to signify escape; for the Japanese, the swimmer became an expression of samurai pride and nationalism. This masterful work of cultural history explores the meanings that different cultures have attached to man, body submerged, self-absorbed. 16 pages of photos.

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HAUNTS OF THE BLACK MASSEUR: The Swimmer as Hero

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One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Sprawson learned to swim as a boy in India, at a school where his ... Read full review

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In this poor execution of an intriguing idea, Sprawson, an art dealer who is himself an avid swimmer, attempts to explore swimming and swimmers from both a literary and cultural viewpoint. He quotes ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
The English Ascendancy
19
The Byronic Tradition
102
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Charles Sprawson is an obsessional swimmer and diver. He recently swam the Hellespont.

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